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University of Toronto Terrence Donnelly Centre for Cellular and Biomolecular Research

Representing one of the university’s first initiatives to showcase 21st century sustainable design, the University of Toronto Terrence Donnelly Centre for Cellular and Biomolecular Research provides cutting-edge facilities that foster a multi-disciplinary approach to biomedical and genetic research.

TORONTO, ON

Representing one of the university’s first initiatives to showcase 21st century sustainable design, the University of Toronto Terrence Donnelly Centre for Cellular and Biomolecular Research provides cutting-edge facilities that foster a multi-disciplinary approach to biomedical and genetic research.

Located on a unique infill site that connects three existing, historic university buildings, the centre is known for its indoor bamboo forests, visible from street level through an innovative double-glazed façade. The facility provides 12 floors of open lab research, meeting and office spaces, seminar rooms, a cafeteria, and informal and larger public assembly areas throughout.

Noise and vibration from nearby College Street streetcars were a consideration and the basement structure on the south side was isolated from the surrounding below grade soils.

A vivarium is located within the basement of this project. The vivarium was constructed on the slab on grade with full height walls. An interstitial level was created above the vivarium spaces to allow maintenance access.

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

CLIENT

University of Toronto

ARCHITECT

Behnisch and Partners;
Architects Alliance

OUR ROLE(S)

Structural Engineering Consultant

SIZE

223,000 ft²

BUDGET

$276 M

MARKET (OFFICE)

TORONTO

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